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Dancing in The Duke's Arms: A Regency Romance Anthology Kindle Edition
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The setting is a house party where 4 Dukes attend because they all have an estate in close proximity to each other.
May I have this Duke?
The first story by Ms Burrowes starts off quite well (the sample) but quickly devolves into a modern historical where the h is quite happy to engage the H in a love affair but isn't at all prepared to marry him for very weak reasons. Although I have my ups and downs with this author, I usually compliment her on her writing style - I found this story lacking in all senses and it could have been written by anyone. Not her best at all. I also loathe her favourite plot where the h won't accept the H's proposal of marriage despite being very happy to be intimate with him (pregnancy worries aside).
Waiting for a Duke like you
I'm truly not a fan of this author - she is of the modern historical genre that I detest. The h is a princess of an obscure principality (that doesn't prize virginity - read "are happy to sleep around") on the run from assassins that killed off her whole family. The H is a 'pretty' duke that fell in love with her years before but she doesn't remember him because she doesn't go for men who are more attractive than her. I had a hard time liking this h and the fact that she was 'liberal' didn't endear her to me either. The H was the only reason for me to persevere to the end. Readers who are sticklers for stringency to the period will not enjoy characters addressing the Duke as 'Duke' and another secondary character as 'Duchess'. I'm not a stickler and I was really irritated.
Duchess of Scandal
This was the book that I really didn't want to read because I'm not a fan of 'second chance' romances in general (across all genres). However this author won me over. Our H and h have been estranged for 5 years and end up on the same estate at the same time by accident. Both characters harbour disappointments from the early days of their marriage. I have no idea how the author managed to win me and the characters over in such a short story but she did. i have to say that this bundle is only worth reading because of this story
An Unsuitable Duchess
I forgot to put in a description about this book and have mixed feelings. The author is true to the period and her forms of address are correct and read so well. I liked the story build up to a point but then again the widow plot disguised as an excuse for lots of sex without commitment raised it's head. By this point in this bundle, I realised that the authors were pleasing their publisher as well as their general readers by including the usual steamy stuff that contemporary romances are made of but I was still disappointed. The H in this story makes an offer for the h to become his mistress even though her brother is one of his close friends and he respects him. The h doesn't agree to become his mistress but comes to his room that night as his lover. They proceed to have sex every night whilst the H has houseguests and all without any commitment on his part. I can never recover from the lack of respect the H shows the h by his suddenly deciding to marry her. For me he never valued her enough in the first place.
This bundle is for you if you love the steamy stuff and don't care too much about accuracy in a historical romance. I sincerely hope that I remember that I haven't enjoyed these 2 books by these authors so far and don't make the mistake of buying another.
I read author Shana Galen's Waiting For A Duke Like You in one afternoon. The unlikely romance between the handsome Nathan Cauley, the Duke of Wyndover and the indifferent Princess Vivienne held my attention. I loved that the two main characters are a different from most regency novels. Nathan is the beautiful, handsome Duke who longs for a duchess who will love him; not just his handsome face. Princess Vivienne is a fascinating character. She is a survivor and very politically astute and trusts no one. This fast paced opposites attracts story is extraordinary! Fans of Ms. Galen will love the elements of suspense and humor she has infused into this passionate and adventure filled story! Loved, loved the ending and the epilogue is marvelous!
A scheduling error has created a problem for Bentinck Travers, the Duke Linton and Althea, his wife in Miranda Neville's Duchess of Scandal. The couple who have been separated for five years are forced to spend time together at the Duke's country estate. Althea and Bentinck's story appealed to me and drew me into the story immediately. I wondered if the couple could get past their past mistakes and misconceptions of each other and make their marriage whole. Loved the piano duet scene where Linton notices that his wife has matured and Althea silently reveals her true feelings for her reserved Duke. Another stand out scene was the cleverly written card game where Nigel, Nick, Linton and Althea play whist. Several of the characters true feelings and motivations were revealed in this scene. Loved the novel's noble and reserved hero and his appealing Duchess, the minor characters of Althea's brother Nick and Nigel Speck and all of the events leading up to the Dukeries Cup race. Enjoyed reading every word in this novella and the ending was awesome!
Carolyn Jewel's An Unsuitable Duchess is a wonderful story which blends the opposites attract and second chance at romance themes. Stoke Teversault, the Duke of Teversault has a reputation for being shrewd and calculating. Stoke was attracted to vivacious Georgina "George' Lark several years ago. He hesitated and missed his chance as George married a friend. George , now widowed, and her sister are staying at Stoke's home for two weeks to attend the Dukeries Cup race and ball.
Teversault is very attracted to George and needed to come to terms with his feelings for her before deciding to pursue her. Loved the scavenger hunt scene when Stoke finds a copy of the scavenger hunt map, outwits the rest of the group and finds and hides the fact that he has found the golden apple that George has offered as a prize. George explains why she offered the golden apple as the gift and Stoke's reaction is priceless. I wondered if these two very different people could find happiness with each other. Enjoyed the many scenes with Stoke, George, William and Kitty--great dialogue and insight to the characters and their motivations. There were several surprises along the way as the story reached it's conclusion --- and the ending was wonderful!
In my opinion, each author was true to their own writing style within the anthology format. What stands out the most to me is that each author contributed an original story written for this anthology and that there was continuity within each of the four novellas. Dancing in the Duke's Arms is a true collaboration. Characters appeared throughout each of the stories and there was a common setting and theme which added to the feel of the stories.